Learn to lead from a Business College of Distinction

The Master of Business Administration with Healthcare Emphasis is designed to provide the working professional a cross-section multidisciplinary foundation in business. As the industry continues to experience strong growth, the need for professionals with the knowledge of the structure of healthcare markets and the skills to make informed business decisions continues to expand. The Alvernia MBA with Healthcare Emphasis will provide healthcare professions with the tools to address management, analytics, finance, risk management, leadership and business strategy.

Alvernia’s MBA with Healthcare Emphasis program is an ideal choice for healthcare practitioners, allied health professionals, drug representatives, skilled care facility managers and caregivers who desire to transition into roles as healthcare leaders. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for careers in group or individual practices, long-term care administration and healthcare facilities.

A state-of-the-art business lab, alternative business models and the rise of entrepreneurship helped Alvernia earn the accolade of Business College of Distinction in 2022. Students have the option to take hybrid or online courses.

Getting Started

Where You Can Get A Degree

The Master of Business Administration with Healthcare Emphasis program is available at the following Alvernia University campus:

Application Instructions

Along with your completed application accompanied by $50 non-refundable application fee, you’ll need to provide a few supporting materials. Below is a list of what you’ll need:

  • Complete online application
  • Order official transcript(s)
  • Provide two letters of recommendations
  • Provide Personal Statement
  • Upload Professional Resume
  • Provide scores from a graduate entrance exam.
  • Interview with the MBA program coordinator (After all the required application materials have been received, an interview may be required)
  • Additional Evidence of potential for success (Academic or professional awards, special certifications, samples of scholarly or creative work, and completion of specialized examinations are encouraged)
Financing Your Education

There are options to assist in financing your education and making the tuition affordable. Visit our financial aid page for a detailed overview of the process, including a link to complete the FAFSA application, as well as more information about the tuition payment plan and the tuition deferment program we offer. Alvernia’s Title IV code for the FAFSA is 003233. The Office of Student Financial Services is available to help with any questions you may have. Call 610-796-8201 or email sfs@alvernia.edu.

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Why Alvernia?
• A nationally ranked comprehensive regional university, Alvernia offers doctoral, master's, and post-baccalaureate programs to advance your career or prepare you for a new one.
• Flexible scheduling with evening classes and in-person, hybrid and online formats meet the needs of the busy adult learner.
• Programs are offered at a growing number of convenient locations in Reading, Pottsville, and Philadelphia.
• Alvernia is the ideal choice for graduate students because of a growing number of affiliation agreements with other local institutions and industry partners and dedicated advisors to help through every step of the educational journey.

Program Overview


The Master in Business Administration (MBA) with Healthcare Emphasis degree curriculum is 30 credits. Students who are not business majors may be required to take additional 9 credits depending on your academic background.

Alvernia business MBA faculty bring strong academic credentials and real world expertise. The MBA programs offers six accelerated seven-week terms a year. Students can work at their own pace with the opportunity to finish in one year.

Key features of the program include:

  • Convenient evening classes for working professionals
  • 12:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Instruction from practitioners, administrators, and faculty with  first-hand experience
  • Culminating executive leadership capstone synthesizing the  skills and knowledge acquired throughout the program into practice.

Curriculum (30 to 39 Credits)

Required Interdisciplinary Course (3 Credits)

  • COR 520: Ethics and Moral Leadership

Required Business Courses (21 - 30 Credits)

  • MBA 513: Accounting for the Healthcare Executive
  • MBA 518: Managerial Communication
  • MBA 520: Marketing Services
  • MBA 611: Legal Aspects of Medical Environments
  • MBA 620: Managerial Economics
  • MBA 630: Management Finance
  • MBA 676: Strategic Management in Healthcare Systems - taken in the final 12 credits

Select One Elective (3 credits):

  • MBA 514: Long Term Care Management
  • MBA 560: Human Resource Management for Leaders
  • MBA 571/NUR 570: Healthcare Informatics

Required Capstone Course (3 credits):

  • MBA 680: Executive Leadership Seminar - taken in the final 12 credits

Required for Non-Business Majors:

  • MBA 502: Accounting for the Workplace*
  • MBA 504: Management and Marketing*
  • MBA 506: Economics and Finance

*May be waived by MBA Admissions Committee based on graduate program policies.

Experiential Learning Opportunities
  • In the John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne, our business lab and Bloomberg Terminals provide financial real time, historical data, market moving news and analytics.
  • The O'Pake Institute for Economic Development  and Entrepreneurship offers resources to students and businesses to assist with economic development. Students interested in starting a business or securing a patent have access to the O'Pake Institute business incubator. 
  • Customized skills are put into practice with a final project in the capstone course Executive Leadership Seminar.
Program Accreditation
Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the range of jobs available with an MBA is projected to grow up to 36 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than average for all occupations. The median annual wage in those professions in 2021 ranged from $80,000 to $179,000.

  • Vice President, Clinical Operations
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Project Manager
  • Compensation Manager
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Alvernia's own returns to pursue MBA
"The staff and faculty provide you with the tools you need to succeed," said Timothy Bailey, a business management and finance graduate who returned to Alvernia to earn a Master of Business Administration.